11/10/2003 12:00AM

Silver Bird maybe not just a sprinter


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Heading into last Sunday's Glorious Song, trainer Reade Baker believed Silver Bird's repertoire may have been limited to sprinting.

But after observing the way Silver Bird dispatched her opponents in the seven-furlong Glorious Song, Baker was singing a different tune.

"I'm not convinced she isn't just a sprinter, but it's given me pause for thought," said Baker, who watched Silver Bird rate kindly and run down the front-runners for a 4 1/2-length victory under her regular rider, Jim McAleney.

Silver Bird had tried two turns for the first time in her previous start and finished second after dueling throughout the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth, a race in which the time slowed significantly through the final stages.

While Silver Bird is nominated to the $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies here Nov. 23, Baker said her participation is up in the air.

"I'll have to talk it over with Mr. McAlpine," said Baker.

Silver Bird is the first horse owned by Jim McAlpine, chief executive officer of Magna Entertainment. She is the fifth stakes winner of the meeting for Baker and the seventh for McAleney.

Ontheqt done for the year

Ontheqt, winner of the six-furlong Fanfreluche for Baker and McAleney here Oct. 26, also was nominated to the Lassie but will not race again this year.

Baker, who owns Ontheqt in partnership with his wife, Janis Maine, said he might have run the filly in the Lassie if the race could have helped her Sovereign Award chances.

"I nominated her not realizing the votes were due before the race," said Baker, who discovered the deadline for the return of Sovereign Award ballots was Nov. 21.

Begborrowanddeal in Display

Baker plans to be represented in Saturday's $125,000 Display, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds. He will saddle Begborrowanddeal in it.

A Kentucky-bred who is owned and was bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Begborrowanddeal will be stretching out after winning his maiden at 5 1/2 furlongs first crack out and then finishing second in an entry-level allowance at six furlongs.

"I liked both his races," said Baker. "He trains like a horse who goes around two turns, and certainly his pedigree says he will."

No Comprende tops Woodbine Slots

No Comprende, a hard-knocker who had experienced little luck when it came to stakes racing, put it all together here on Saturday, defeating a strong group of foes to win the Grade 3, $166,650 Woodbine Slots Cup Handicap.

A 5-year-old Virginia-bred owned by the Clarity Stable of Dennis and Debi Brown, No Comprende was the first stakes winner for trainer Jim Smith, who at age 37 is in his fifth year on the job.

Smith, who said he thought that No Comprende's chances would depend on "pace and the way the track plays," admitted he was "a little concerned" when Wake at Noon established a clear lead in the early stages of the Slots Cup.

"I thought, 'Here we go again,' " said Smith. "But that's when Mobil kind of went chasing him, and we advanced down the backside as well."

No Comprende was moving to the lead turning for home and never looked back under the guidance of Patrick Husbands, who rode him for the first time since July 1, 2002.

Husbands, who was riding his sixteenth stakes winner of the meeting, had guided No Comprende to the first four wins of his career, which began Aug. 29, 2001.

Jim McKnight, who had been No Comprende's regular rider locally, was at Hawthorne Saturday and rode the 2-year-old filly No Beans to victory in the $115,775 Showtime Deb for owner John Hillier and trainer Scott Fairlie.

No Comprende might make his next start in the Grade 2, $500,000 Clark Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race at Churchill Downs Nov. 28.

Mobil's year also over

Mobil, the only 3-year-old in the Slots Cup lineup, battled on to finish second in what was his final start of the year.

"He ran his eyeballs out, as usual," said Mike Keogh, who trains Mobil for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz.

Mobil, who won $753,405 this year, and his celebrated 3-year-old stablemate Wando, who called it a season early last month after winning $2,017,323 for his campaign, will remain at Woodbine until the end of the meeting, and then head to Florida along with other Schickedanz shippers.

Two more shots

But the outfit still has some unfinished stakes business here, with Six Sexy Sisters slated to start in the Ontario Lassie and Last Answer pointing for the $125,000 Valedictory on closing day, Nov. 30.

Six Sexy Sisters was an impressive winner of her debut, at a mile and 70 yards here Oct. 4, but later missed some training because of a minor ailment. "She breezed really nice last Saturday," said Keogh.

Six Sexy Sisters worked six furlongs in 1:15.40 with her regular rider, Husbands, in the saddle.

"We scoped her after, and she still had a little mucus, but I think we're going to be okay," Keogh said.

Last Answer has found his niche running long on the main track and will get a chance to do exactly that in the Valedictory, a 1 3/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward.

A 3-year-old gelding whose former claim to fame had mainly been being Wando's workmate, Last Answer got his second career victory here on Saturday in a first-level allowance over 1 1/4 miles. His maiden win came three starts earlier, at 1 1/2 miles.